Getting the Metrolink trams running again

As we near the planned restart of tram operations on the Altrincham line the pressure is building in the delivery team. The guys replacing the overhead line equipment on the old British Rail infrastructure are pulling out all the stops trying to get everything finished on time, whilst in the city centre what feels like hundreds of orange clad bodies are feverishly trying to get the tracks and road surfaces in position ready for the trams to run.
 
To add to the stress, it is Manchester Pride this weekend and there are expected to be thousands of extra people in the city making moving materials and guys around even more torturous than usual.
 
There is a real will to get the work complete and it will not be for a lack of trying if it is not quite ready. I am sure trams will be running again on Tues 1st September.
 
Update 2nd Sept
Well I wasn’t quite right, but St Peters Station was back up and running as planned. Unfortunaley there have been a few problems down at the Altrincham end.

New track, same rain!

I thought I would post a little update on the state of progress on the Manchester Metrolink city centre track renewals.
Things have moved on a pace over the last couple of weeks with lots of pieces of separate track now being joined together. We have continuous track from Princess Street to Delta, Victoria to Dantzic Street, Shudehill Rd to Church Street, with work progressing around Market Street Station and round into the Delta.
The new surface finish (paving) is looking very posh, perhaps it will put some of the existing paving to shame.

Mosley Street looking from York Street
Mosley Street looking from York Street

Mosley Street
Mosley Street

High Street
High Street

The job is suffering from the odd hitch, such as a run of failed welds which has led to a some rework.
Work has finally started to move on at Shudehill, there have been a few hitches, but things should now be starting to progress with the Inbound due to be fit to run trams by the end of August. Time is tight but with a bit of effort this should be possible.
Existing concrete broken out of Shudehill Station
Existing concrete broken out of Shudehill Station

It has also rained a lot, and I mean a lot. Not a day seems to go by without the heavens opening and pouring down on Manchester.